Gen. Wesley Clark to Speak on War and Media at UT Knoxville

Gen. Wesley Clark

Gen. Wesley Clark

KNOXVILLE — Retired Gen. Wesley Clark will visit the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Tuesday, Feb. 9, to speak on war and the media.

“An Evening with Wesley Clark” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cox Auditorium in Alumni Memorial Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Clark served in the U.S. Army for 34 years and is widely known for his candidacy in the 2004 Democratic Party presidential primaries. He rose to the rank of four-star general as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO) Supreme Allied Commander, Europe. Previously, he served as the commander-in-chief, U.S. Southern Command, where he was responsible for all U.S. military activity in Latin America and the Caribbean. He also served as the director of Strategic Plans and Policy, J-5, in the Joint Staff, where he helped negotiate the end to the war in Bosnia.

In his final military command assignment, Clark commanded Operation Allied Force, NATO’s first major combat action, which saved 1.5 million Albanians from ethnic cleansing in Kosovo. In this position he also was responsible for the peacekeeping operation in Bosnia.

His military awards and honors include the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the State Department Distinguished Service Award, the U.S. Department of Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and honorary knighthoods from the British and Dutch governments.

Clark retired from the military in 2000, and went on to become an investment banker, author, commentator and businessman. He is the author of the best-selling book “Waging Modern War: Bosnia, Kosovo and the Future of Combat,” as well as “Winning Modern War: Iraq, Terrorism and the American Empire.” Clark graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1966 and completed degrees at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar.

Clark’s visit to UT Knoxville is sponsored by the Issues Committee, which strives to bring informative issues to the campus. For more information on the Issues Committee, visit http://cpc.utk.edu/Committees/issues.

C O N T A C T :

Rebekah Winkler (865-974-8304, rwinkler@utk.edu)

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